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Temperature-sensitive Mutants of Respiratory Syncytial Virus

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  • Animal Viruses

Abstract

Four conditional-lethal temperature-sensitive mutants of RS virus were detected among the progeny of 454 plaques derived from virus grown in the presence of 10−4m 5-fluorouridine. These mutants were stable (reversion frequency, 10−5.0 or less and failed to produce plaques at 38 or 39 C. Plaquing efficiency was depressed 100-fold or more at 37 C. Variable suppression of growth at the restrictive temperature of 39 C was observed, ranging from 16-fold to complete suppression. The temperature-sensitive defect of three of the mutants appeared to affect functions which were expressed late in the replicative cycle. One of the mutants produced atypical nonsyncytial plaques.

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